A gambling habit, also known as problem gambling, is when an individual has the uncontrollable urge to continuously gamble despite the negative consequences. Some may even recognize that they have the desire to stop, but they can’t break out of the cycle. With gambling being so heavily integrated in society, it can be difficult to pinpoint a habit developing into a problem. In this month’s blog, we discuss how gambling patterns develop and how hypnosis can alter these negative patterns and behaviors.
Signs of a Gambling Habit
Taking your chances on the occasional scratcher card or lottery ticket can be fun, but there’s a huge difference between that and having the urge to gamble at any given moment. It’s important to recognize these problems and understand just how much of an impact gambling has on an individual’s finances and relationships. Here are some signs that point to a gambling habit:
- Finding it difficult to stop or manage gambling.
- Spending more time and money on gambling than you can afford.
- Lying about gambling.
- Attempting to get out of financial troubles through gambling or accumulating more debt.
- Borrowing money, skipping bills, selling belongings, or stealing to pay for gambling.
- Chasing after the “high” of gambling by betting larger amounts of money.
- Neglecting personal relationships and work obligations.
- Losing interest in other activities.
- Feelings of anxiety, irritation, isolation, and guilt.
Why People Turn To Gambling
Many people gamble for entertainment or for the thrill of winning, while others may do it as a little escape. However, the important difference in enjoying something as entertainment and it turning into a problem is when it becomes a way of coping. This can cause more harm than good, especially since gambling is a very expensive habit. Ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away and what starts out as a stress relief can grow into a bigger complication. It becomes a downward spiral for many people, which leads to the development of a habit.
Similar to drugs and other substances, gambling can stimulate the release of dopamine in the brain. Those attached to substances or alcohol require increasingly stronger and higher amounts to satisfy their indulgences and gamblers, in a similar manner, begin to pursue riskier ventures. They begin betting larger and larger amounts of money while craving that thrill and adrenaline to achieve pleasure. Individuals stuck in this cycle may feel compelled to keep gambling in an attempt to recover their losses due to guilt, which consequently leads to even more loss. This is a destructive cycle that has a serious consequences on an individual’s emotional and mental health.
How Hypnosis Can Help
Hypnosis is a very useful tool for habitual gamblers to make lasting positive changes and take control of their urges. Gambling can become a life consuming problem and hypnosis can provide a long-term recovery solution. A certified hypnotist can help the client identify the triggers that lead to the habit and help them break out of that negative cycle. For example, the reason an individual may turn to gambling may be due to an argument or a stressful experience. Hypnosis aims to alter the way a person associates gambling as a coping mechanism and a form of stress relief. Overall, clients will be able to learn how to manage their feelings and cope with things in a healthier manner.
At its core, hypnosis helps recovering gamblers build their confidence and self-esteem. It helps clients manage their stress and anxiety while building a stronger mindset to overcome future challenges that may come their way. Mind Enhancement Center specializes in helping clients with behavioral changes while providing the necessary personal and individualized care. Learn more about how hypnosis can help you by visiting our website.